Category: Action

“The Matrix: Resurrection”

6.8

If you liked the original, you’ll like this one.

I opted to catch this on HBO Max, and don’t feel like I missed much story-wise. Ideally, the spectacle would have been nice on an IMAX screen, but the overall impact would have been about the same. I felt like the runtime moved in bullet time, and the story was a fairly lazy rehash of the original, with updated special effects to distract you from this fact. Unfortunately for the movie, it doesn’t keep the narrative movement consistent enough to distract the viewer from this fact for very long. In a year full of rebooting franchises, this one seemed the least needed, and most lazily done I’ve seen in a long while.

“Logan Lucky”

7.7

This film left me as befuddled as the sheriff’s deputy pondering how to handcuff a one-armed man.

I can’t believe I’ve missed this one for this long. You can tell it’s the creative team behind the “Oceans” franchise. This film is fun from beginning to end. Interesting characters, great action, and classic misdirection and mystery. Excellent performances by all, but especially Daniel Craig and Adam Driver. They really don’t miss.

“Eternals”

6.5

Let’s just say that I’m not heartbroken that I waited for this to come out on Disney+. That about sums it up.

The most by the numbers Marvel film I’ve seen in a long time. Add that to the insane runtime and too many characters to both introduce and keep track of, and it falls kind of flat. This had the hype factor for me of one of the Disney+ add-on shows when it comes to the MCU.

“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

8.1

Part Batman. Part Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death.” Part Black Panther… this was much better than expected for an MCU installment about a hero I had never heard of. The eastern influence on this story, from the journey of our main character to assume his family’s crest and a curse to the soundtrack, it’s a welcomed change of pace for Marvel. The action is off the charts good. The fighting is even somewhat original. This was a breath of fresh air in this stage of the maturing Marvel Cinematic Universe. The set pieces in this one reminded me of the best of “Avatar.”

Ignore the CGI cluster that is the Marvel third act, and enjoy this strong entry into the post-infinity Marvel saga.